The Basics of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage comes from flooding, torrential rains, and/or a plumbing disasters. It is unpleasant. Your home, office, and personal belongings undergo restoration after damage.

The process

The basics of water damage restoration begin with a full inspection and a damage assessment. A water damage restoration professional will assess the severity of the damage and determine the best method for restoring the item. For example, restoring upholstery requires an approach specific to upholstery while restoring floor tiles requires an approach specific to floor tiles.

Removal and extraction of water and moisture is the next step in the process. In the case of upholstery, water would need extracting from the fabric fibers. Puddles of water will also need removing from the home or office to prevent further water damage. Extracting the water also prepares the item for drying.

The drying and dehumidifying process can be done using a variety of methods, depending on the level of damage and the item itself. High-speed air movers can dry entire rooms by creating constant airflow in the area. The airflow can be concentrated on carpets, walls, and furniture. Evaporating any leftover moisture aids the drying process.

Next, the water damaged areas will need cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning not only removes dirt but can also start the stain removal process from upholstered furniture, carpets, flooring, and walls. Water damage can also cause staining, so the cleaning step is an important step in restoring your home, office, and personal items. Antimicrobial and antibacterial treatments or disinfectants may prevent the spread of illness caused by water damage.


Restoration techniques depend on the item. We assess each item to determine the best way to restore it to pre-loss condition. Furniture refinishing, electronic repair, document drying, building materials restoration or other specialty restoration services restore your home or office to the way it looked before the water damage occurred. Restoration is much more preferable to replacing in most situations, and we work with you and your insurance company to provide high-quality, cost-effective restoration services.